Zach Carnley, CFSP Manager/Funeral Director/Embalmer
Zach grew up in Lampasas, TX and graduated high school from there. He then moved to Nacogdoches and attended Stephen F. Austin State University where he earned a B.A. in Criminal Justice in 2006. It was during his time at SFA that he worked part-time at a local funeral home and discovered his passion for working with families at one of their toughest times. He decided to pursue this passion and enrolled at Dallas Institute of Funeral Service where he graduated as class valedictorian in 2009. Zach is Vice-President of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, a board member of the Texas Funeral Director Association and President of the North Texas Funeral Director Association. He also serves and volunteers his time as a member of the Burleson Rotary Club, Burleson Lions Club and serves as an ambassador with the Burleson Chamber of Commerce. Zach has also been honored as both the North Texas Funeral Director Association and Texas Funeral Director Association's Young Funeral Professional of the Year. Zach resides in Burleson with his wife, Courtney and has two sons, Myles and Owen.
Christopher D. Jones Funeral Director/Embalmer
Christopher D. Jones is from Mansfield, TX. He is a U.S. Navy Veteran who served on the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN72). He graduated from Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in the spring class of 2005 where he served as class Chaplain and was a co-recipient of The Bill Pierce Award. Chris has been licensed since 2005 and maintains a dual license as Funeral Director and Embalmer.
His mentor, the late great Dr. Gregory W. Spencer, gave Chris his start in Funeral Service at the age of 14 and it has been his passion ever since. He is the proud Father of a son and two daughters who are the apple of his eye. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his children, traveling and just relaxing.
Bill Conley Funeral Director
I have been licensed in funeral service for fifty years. Serving families in their time of need is still very important to me.
My wife of 49 years and I have one adult daughter and two wonderful grandchildren. I’m a member of St. Ann Catholic Church.
Kevin Cooksey Funeral Assistant
Juan Merlan Family Service Counselor
Juan Merlan joined the Funeral Industry in the summer of 2018 after discovering the value of making funeral pre-arrangements ahead of time, after the passing of his grandparents.
Since then, Juan has took the initiative to study and earn his PreNeed License issued by the Texas Department of Banking so that he can become a Family Service Counselor.
Having a servant's heart, Juan volunteers at his home town church in Ranger, TX as the drummer for the Woodbridge Church Worship Band, and offers drum lessons for young upcoming drummers.
"Every family deserves an intentional plan in place, so that they can have a healthy grief experience, and begin healing on that difficult day." - Juan Merlan
Sarah Conway Family Service Counselor
Janis Boterf Administrative Assistant/Visitation Attendant
My name is Janis Boterf. I have been working for Lucas and Blessing since December 2015. I enjoy and respect my co-workers here and am glad to be a part of this profession. I have been a resident of Burleson since 1997. I retired from Huguley Hospital where I was a telephone operator in 2013. I have also worked for Burleson and Crowley Independent School Districts as a substitute teacher and teacher's aide. I am a native of Ft.Worth but have lived in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Mississippi. After my husband retired we spent 2 years traveling around the States in an RV and are now happy to be back in Burleson.
Jean Crawford Visitation Attendant
I have enjoyed helping as needed at Lucas and Blessing Funeral Home for about 2 years. I enjoy meeting and greeting our visitors as communication was a necessary skill working forty years as a Registered Nurse in psych/mental health. I grew up in Fort Dodge, Iowa, then attended Methodist Kahler School of Nursing in Rochester, Minnesota. We moved our young family to Texas in the 70's to escape the cold winters! I have four great children, an active family now including 8 grandchildren. I have been involved in many volunteer projects; including Red Cross Disaster Nursing, Court Appointed Child Advocate, Music for Civic Events as well as First Christian Church on Sunday mornings. I have played piano all my life and everyone knows "I never met a piano I didn't Love"!